ABOUT PRIDE WINNIPEG
The Pride Winnipeg Festival runs annually and consists of an array of cultural events that celebrate the incredibly diverse community that supports or identifies with the GSRD community.
To live in a society in which all gender, sexual, and relationship diverse individuals can live their life without fear or oppression for being themselves.
Creating an annual festival that is reflective of our values, advocates for equality, and celebrates Winnipeg’s gender, sexual, and relationship diverse communities.
OUR FOUNDATIONAL VALUES
Diversity, Inclusivity, Safe Spaces, Accessibility, and Sustainability
THAT WAS THEN…
On August 2, 1987, about 250 people marched in Winnipeg’s first Pride Day. It was a brave step – a tentative venture out of a dark closet that for too long confined the spirits of those who belong to Winnipeg’s LGBTTQ community. Legally and socially, and in many other ways, the world was still an oppressive and homophobic place. A few people in that first march wore paper bags over their heads to conceal their identities, for fear of discrimination and ridicule from friends, family members, and co-workers.
THIS IS NOW.
Today, thousands attend the Pride Winnipeg Festival to celebrate our many victories and our diverse community, and to remember that there is so much to be proud of and thankful for. Pride Winnipeg has been celebrated annually since 1987, and has evolved from a one-day event into a 10-day festival filled with pride, confidence, fun, colour, music, laughter, optimism, and activism.
Winnipeg Pride is the Pride of the Prairies – one of the largest celebration of GSRD culture between Toronto and Vancouver. We invite everyone from far and wide to join our welcoming community and celebrate Pride in Winnipeg – the heart of the continent!
WE ARE A PROUD MEMBER OF INTERPRIDE
InterPride is an international Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Coordinators. Pride Winnipeg Festival Inc. joined InterPride in 2003 when they attended the international conference in Montréal.
These events have connected Winnipeg with Pride organizations around the world and have inspired great ideas on organizing this complicated, but rewarding celebration.
Pride Winnipeg has continued to attend Canadian Region 7 conferences as well as the International conference when possible.
Winnipeg was proud to host the last Canadian Region 7 Conference in 2005 .
InterPride exists to:
- promote Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride on an international level
- increase networking and communication among Pride Organizations
- encourage diverse communities to hold and attend Pride Events, and
- act as a source of education
WE ARE A FOUNDING MEMBER OF FIERTÉ CANADA PRIDE
Fierté Canada Pride is a Canadian not-for-profit incorporated organization, dedicated to the networking, support and expansion of Pride events throughout Canada. This organization will bring together Pride groups from across our country allowing them to speak with one strong voice for arts and cultural funding, government initiatives, and equal rights issues.